Former CVM Associate
Dean Passes Away
Dr. George Shelton, 86, former associate dean of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2010, in Belleville, Ill.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Monday, April 12, 2010, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the funeral home, Columbia.
Dr. Shelton was born April 26, 1923, in Stephenville, Texas. He graduated from Tarleton State University in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was a combat airman in the South Pacific, where he flew many missions in the B-25 Mitchell aircraft and received a Purple Heart.
George received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1948 from Texas A&M University. He married Quata Joy Stephens, on Feb. 5, 1949. The couple moved to Missouri where Dr. Shelton practiced veterinary medicine for one year. In 1950 he relocated to Columbia to join the teaching staff of the veterinary school at the University of Missouri. George enjoyed academia. He finished his master’s degree in 1952 at Auburn University and received a PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1965.
George went on to become a professor at the University of Missouri and later served as associate dean. He received the National Science Foundation Award, the Norden Faculty Teaching Award, the College’s Distinguished Service Award and the University’s Outstanding Faculty Award. He was also honored by the Knights of Italy. In 1973, he returned to Texas A&M as dean of the Veterinary College. He retired in 1989 and returned to Columbia.
After retiring, he authored a book, “Tree Top Airmen,” about his experiences in the South Pacific. He was also active in the Kiwanis Club, serving two times as president, and a faithful member of Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia. He was an avid photographer and gardener.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years and his parents, W.D. and Georgia, nee Tucker, Shelton. Surviving are his two children, Kay (Harry) Kapp of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Darrell (Joyce) Shelton of Belleville, Ill.; six grandchildren, Andy, Corey (Elisa) and Dusty (Beth) Cohle, and Natalie, Leigh and Maxwell Shelton; two step-grandchildren, Daniel and Dana Kapp; and three great-grandchildren, Ashton, Trenton and Braxton Cohle.
Memorials made to the George C. and Joy Shelton Veterinary Medicine Scholarship, 109 Reynolds Alumni Center, Columbia, Mo 65211, would be appreciated.
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